Category: Your Handmade Home

No-sew pennant banner

Back when my friend was pregnant, she’d mentioned wanting a burlap pennant banner to hang over the baby’s crib (which you might remember from this sweet little makeover). I insisted I’d made one, but then I found myself procrastinating the project. Burlap is pain…

DIY patio cushion covers

DIY patio cushion covers {Heather's Handmade Life}

Longtime readers may remember that a few years back, I was complaining about wrestling patio cushions into submission on a sweaty summer’s day. Well, much like childbirth, I forgot the pain and agreed to do it all over again. Recovering patio cushions is a…

Bedroom decorating on a budget

I recently helped a client redecorate her master bedroom and we made a pretty spectacular impact with very little cash. I love how it’s now a space that expresses her fun, loving personality. It all started with a dresser makeover. Since we redid her…

DIY crib bedding

DIY crib bedding {Heather's Handmade Life}

My friend is expecting her third baby, and we’re all so excited for her. She wanted a rustic, woodsy feel for the nursery to go with the rest of her farmhouse, and didn’t want to reuse the old brown and green bedding from her…

Kids’ bookcase makeover

Kids' bookcase makeover {Heather's Handmade Life}

While I usually don’t have a problem painting wooden furniture, I did hesitate at the start of this bookcase makeover when Lila’s mom told me it had been hand-built by her grandfather. He’d done a beautiful job staining and sealing the wood, and even…

DIY silhouette art

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

I’m always guffawing at the prices of simple silhouette art in home decor stores. A solid-coloured canvas with a solid-coloured silhouette in the middle — a crown, a dog, a purse, a hamburger (OK I haven’t seen a burger painting but I’d sure like that…

Budget-friendly kids’ gallery wall

DIY silhouette art {Heather's Handmade Life}

The thing about decorating kids’ rooms is a parent’s instinct is often to (a) add bright colours and (b) let the kids pick out things they like. Neither of those things are wrong, but they can both lead to decorating roadblocks. I was recently…

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps

Turn mismatched lamps into matching lamps ... and turn one table into two nightstands! {Heather's Handmade Life}

When it comes to decorating around a bed, I know three things to be true … If you have different nightstands, they should at least be the same height. If you have different bedside lamps, they should be the same height and have the…

Makeup table gets a makeover

As much as I love decorating living rooms and kitchens and even bathrooms, my favourite room to decorate is a child’s room — specifically a really girly room. Pink is my favourite colour, I love glitter, and it’s so much fun to choose fabrics…

No, you’re not a monster for painting old wood

There are plenty of people who think it’s sacrilegious when I paint old wood furniture. I know this because they email me about it. 😉 It’s a personal preference and I get it. I really do. Their argument is that natural wood is beautiful,…

Trimming furniture to make it fit perfectly

Sometimes the perfect piece for a room is already lurking somewhere in your house, but you look right past it. That’s what I discovered recently when I was helping a client convert an office into a guest bedroom. She wanted a small desk where…

DIY pallet headboards

DIY pallet-style headboards {Heather's Handmade Life}

I recently made a housecall — yes, I do those — to visit a client who wanted help turning a former home office into a cosy guest room. She had two twin bed frames and I knew immediately I wanted to try building pallet-style…